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The Gazelle Valley Park in Israel

by Leona Liu on Jun 18, 2016 in Architecture
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 Weinstein Vaadia Architects has completed The Gazelle Valley Park in the heart of Jerusalem, Israel

The project was completed in collaboration with landscape architecture firm Rachelle Wiener Landscape & Architecture and provides a nature park for endangered gazelles amid a natural setting bordered by urban development and transportation routes. Situated on 260 dunams of open space, the project is located in the heart of Jerusalem, on the edge of the Givat Mordechai neighborhood, and is is named after a herd of 17 gazelles that lived in this area.

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Lakes inside the park

In the early 90s, real estate developers had plans to use the space for further building, however conservationists stepped in, and, after a lengthy court battle, it was decided to preserve it and turn it into an urban nature park.

The design aims to enhance the existing ecological system of park, which includes five natural and man-made ponds, based on the existing drainage water system that flows through the area. To accommodate visitors, a series of lookout points for observing the various natural wildlife that inhabits the park, an entrance building, parking lot and plaza, a new visitor and research center, and man-made island have also been included.

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The entrance building

The green design saw the firm win an Israeli prize for design and architecture, but, undoubtedly, the highlight is the herd of 30 wild gazelles that freely roam throughout the landscape.

 

 

 

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